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TWO inches of rain fell in little more than
an hour in Leongatha on Sunday, February 5,
causing flash-flooding in several locations.
Leongatha SES was called to the Opal Motel,
on the South Gippsland Highway and also to the
bottom of Bruce Street, where there was flood
damage the last time a heavy downpour hit.
Controller of the Leongatha SES, Matt Saa-
rio, said flood damage was averted at each loca-
tion due to the SES’ efforts.
“Sandbagging was carried out at both loca-
tions,” Mr Saario said.
The problem at the Opal Motel was blocked
drains on an adjoining property. While in Bruce
Street, it was simply a lot of water flowing to a
“We also received a call-out, to the Warragul-
Korumburra Road, with a tree across the road.
We logged that call at 11.58pm, two minutes to
midnight on Sunday night,” said Matt.
Two or three SES volunteers attended.
Phillip Island, specifically Cowes, was the
scene of multiple call-outs for the local SES,
mainly in the area of Shamrock Avenue (be-
tween Church Street and Settlement Road),
where two houses received flood damage to
floors due to fast-rising water.
“There was a lot of water flowing down the
road when we got there,” said Phillip Island
SES Unit Controller Dianne Duncombe.
“It would have been 10” deep. A few other res-
idents were a bit panicky as the water came to
within a few inches of their doors but it mainly
got into garages and that sort of thing.”
At the Grossard Court aged facility there was
also some flood concern, which was soon averted.
“We dropped sandbags off at each location.
“There was also a huge tree down that we
couldn’t deal with. They called in a specialist
arborist to sort that out.
Meanwhile, at Inverloch, such was the pres-
sure of water from storm water runoff, that
it blew the pit covers off culverts right along
Cashin Street. There were, however, no reports
The same in Wonthaggi, heavy rain turned
many roads into fast-flowing streams, but there
were no reports of lasting impact.
THE Foster community will be better prepared for
flooding thanks to a $100,000 funding boost from
the State Government to help complete a detailed
flood study. The study will use local knowledge and
data collected by the Foster community during last
year’s flood to update flood maps, and other flood
emergency planning and education material.
The community’s recommendations for upgrad-
ing flood warning services and for constructing
flood mitigation works will also be assessed.
Heavy rain in July 2016 led to flooding on sev-
eral properties in the town.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said
the Labor Government will provide $100,000 to
support South Gippsland Shire Council prepare
the flood study, after listening to local concerns
about the lack of information available leading up
to the 2016 flood.
“The Foster community told us they need better
information and resources when floods occur and
“The knowledge and lived experience of the lo-
cal community will play a critical role in shaping
Council will manage the flood study, with West
Gippsland Catchment Management Authority pro-
viding technical advice and input.
The Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy
acknowledges that flood damages and trauma can
be reduced by using credible data about flood behav-
iour, such as flood heights, flood extents and flood
probabilities. Detailed risk evaluations, in the form
of flood studies, fill gaps in knowledge and help com-
munities consider flood management options.
risk for Foster
Flash floods, trees down
Sandbag training came in handy for local SES volunteers on Sunday when they were called
out to deal with flash-flooding in various locations.
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